The Oak Circus Centre

Pre-Professional Intensive Training

The Oak Circus is calling aspiring circus and performing arts professionals for our 8-month Pre-Professional Intensive Training Course.

Contemporary circus utilises physical virtuosity and spectacle, within an artistic performance context, often crossing over with other artforms such as dance and theatre.

This course is designed for individuals aged 16 to 25 who have several years of experience in circus skills or related disciplines such as gymnastics, physical theatre, or dance. It's perfect for those aspiring to pursue a professional career in circus or related disciplines such as theatre, or dance who wish to add circus skills to their performance repertoire.

Our program aims to equip students with the physical skill level necessary for admission into top UK professional circus schools or high-level EU foundation programs or a similar level of training which can lead to a professional career within 1 to 3 years. Our highly experienced circus instructors bring years of professional performance expertise to the training floor.

Key goals of the course include:

  • Building a strong foundation in fitness, flexibility, handstands, and tumbling, aligned with the standard entry requirements for professional circus school auditions.
  • Enhancing movement and theatrical skills tailored to contemporary circus performance for improved presentation quality.
  • Developing an understanding of the artistic process and applying creative tools to act creation.
  • Helping students create a polished solo act suitable for circus school auditions or performance opportunities.
  • Providing mentorship and support for auditions at professional circus schools in the UK and abroad, as well as offering career and training advice for future pathways.

The course offers 8 to 10 hours of training per week, including tailored course specific classes, independent training, and participation in regular program classes. It culminates in a graduation performance where participants can showcase their chosen skills.

Course cost is £1520 or £190 per month for 8 months Sept – April.
Deadline for applications is the 12th of August. Please email expressions of interest or any questions to:

Circus Arts

Our academy is designed to prepare students who are potentially interested in pursuing a career in contemporary circus, or simply those who can’t get enough circus and want to take their training more seriously.

Circus Academy Norfolk offers a supportive group environment encouraging young people to hone their physical literacy and develop valuable life skills such as:

With potential pathways towards a creative career, this is achieved through high quality coaching, time for independent training and peer to peer learning, individual goal setting, and creative and performance opportunities.

Fun & Friendly
Fun, friendly and professional. My son absolutely loves being part of this circus family.
Becky Townsend

For students interested in a career in this sector, we can also offer targeted preparation for circus school auditions, and general career mentorship.

We also offer support to deliver Arts Award in Circus linked to their class content. Participation is by audition or invitation only, and are suitable for students with a background in circus, dance, theatre, gymnastics or martial arts. Auditions for new students are held in May/June.

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With decades of performing and teaching experience under their belts, meet our tutors and team who all keep the plates spinning at The Oak.

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